Author(s): Michela Murgia
When Maria, the fourth child of a widow, is adopted by the old and childless Bonaria Urrai, her life is instantly transformed - she finally has the love and affection she craves. But her new 'soul mother' is keeping something hidden from her, a secret life that is intimately bound-up with Sardinia's ancient traditions and customs.
Winner of Premio Campiello Europa Letteratura (European Campiello Literature Prize) 2010 and Premio Viadana (Viadana Prize) 2010 and Premio Letterario Giuseppe Dessi: Sezione Narrativa (Giuseppe Dessi Literary Prize for Fiction) 2009 and Molinello Premio Narrativa Edita (Molinello Award for First Fiction) 2010 and Premio Citta di Cuneo per il Primo Romanzo (City of Cuneo Prize for First Fiction) 2010 and Premio Letterario Internazionale Mondello (Mondello International Literary Prize) 2010.
'Incredibly moving ... I really enjoyed it' Miranda Sawyer, Radio Four. 'An original work of serious accomplishment' Paul Bailey, Independent. 'A real gem ... Beautifully written ... Wonderfully well evoked ... It reminded me a little of The Tiger's Wife' Liz Jensen, Radio Four. 'A powerful and at times genuinely spellbinding piece of work' Billy O'Callaghan, Irish Examiner.
Michela Murgia was born in Cabras, Sardinia. Accabadora firmly establishes her at the forefront of a recent renaissance in Italian fiction. It has won six literary prizes. Silvester Mazzarella is a translator of Italian and Swedish literature. He lives in Canterbury.